Mario A. | Setyoufree News
A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan early Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and a tsunami warning was issued.
The temblor was registered at a magnitude of 7.3 and struck at 5:18 p.m. local time (3:18 a.m. ET), according to the USGS.
The quake struck about 200 miles southeast of Kamaishi, the agency added. The epicenter was 6.2 miles beneath the seabed, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Buildings in Tokyo, about 300 miles from the epicenter, swayed for at least several minutes, but there were no early reports of damage or injuries.
NHK television broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake was due to hit shortly before the impact was felt. Afterward, the announcer repeatedly urged all near the coast to flee to higher ground. Tidal waves could reach the height of one meter.
There was no risk of a widespread tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Earlier the authorities have issued tsunami warnings to Miyagi prefecture, which was devastated after the earthquake and tsunami 11th March of 2011, but they lifted it hours later.